Since 2007, ACS completed or is finalizing one hundred-forty six (146) clinical trials; this work is summarized in the table below. Around 84% of our studies have been in patient populations and 16% in healthy volunteers.
ACS is now seen as a centre of excellence for hepatitis patient studies through its cooperation with Professor Ed Gane and the Auckland City Hospital Liver Unit. ACS has also conducted patient studies in oncology, dermatology, gastroenterology and nephrology. ACS has access to other patient populations through its close cooperation with other Auckland specialists.
ACS has conducted many healthy volunteer studies ranging from entry-in-human single ascending dose trials to bioequivalence/food effect studies. Many of these studies have been “critical path” for the sponsors and ACS has been able to meet the timelines on all occasions.
De-identified examples of both patient and healthy studies are shown below.
Patient Study Examples
Code name “Gemini”:
A major European sponsor requested ACS to be lead site in a landmark Phase I multi-centre study to evaluate the safety, tolerability and antiviral activity of two investigational medicinal products used in combination in chronic hepatitis C patients. This study was particularly difficult in that it involved a 15-day in-patient stay. ACS randomised 53 of the 88 study subjects; its Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Ed Gane, presented results at AASLD and EASL. This study was published in The Lancet Vol 376 October 30th, 2010.
Code name “Triton”:
ACS was asked to join a study as a “rescue site” to evaluate a monoclonal antibody in a Phase II study in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. ACS expedited ethics and regulatory approval and worked with a consultant dermatologist to recruit and randomize 8 subjects in a short time-frame.
Healthy volunteer study examples
Code name “Pelorus”:
This randomized, open label, four treatment, four way crossover Phase I study explored the effects of low doses of one compound on a single dose of the IMP in 48 healthy volunteers; it was a critical path study for a major European sponsor. ACS’ application was considered by the ethics committee (EC) at a meeting on Day 1, given final EC approval on Day 22, first dosed on Day 32 and last dosed Day 92. The timeline targets of the sponsor were exceeded and data considered excellent.
Code name “Pecan”:
This is an ongoing entry-in-human single ascending dose study of a monoclonal antibody originally started by ACS’ sister-company, CCST. The inclusion/exclusion criteria for the study make recruitment extremely difficult. The strength of two related early-phase Clinical Pharmacology Units working together to meet the sponsor’s objectives will see this study successfully completed. The study features the use of Electronic Data Transfer (EDT) of lab results from our lab provider, LabPLUS.